Healthy pigs equals a safe food supply. Animal health best practices, including antibiotics, is only one part of a comprehensive pig health program. Biosecurity, close monitoring, vaccinations and barn maintenance are all important to herd health. Programs such as Pork Quality Assurance Plus® teach best practices in this area, ensuring farmers and their employees are well trained and knowledgeable.
Farmers continue to seek new and better ways to bring quality pork products to market. We want consumers to know that our commitment to food safety, environmental stewardship, animal well-being, community and animal health is stronger than ever. Learn more about the care and concern that go into bringing food to America’s tables.
The development of a new national Swine Health Information Center will focus efforts on better monitoring, surveillance and preparedness for disease challenges that could affect the U.S. pig herd. This collaborative center will combine resources of swine veterinarians, farmers, researchers, diagnosticians and state and federal animal health officials.
New technology has allowed farmers to provide better care for their animals. Better management of input costs, including water, feed, energy and animal health products have led to cost savings. Improved farming methods have allowed pig farmers to improve the quality and safety of pork produced.
As farms have changed, the safety and quality of U.S. pork has improved. Across
all sectors of agriculture, the size of the typical farm in the U.S. has increased over the last
few generations. Technology and market demand have been the driving forces behind this shift.
Today, farmers are more knowledgeable and better equipped to manage farms.